October 17, 2023 (Sterling, VA) – Indunil Ranaviraja has won Consulting Magazine’s 2023 Women Leaders in Consulting award in the Excellence in Client Service category, shining a spotlight on her outstanding leadership, dedication to mission impact, and community-building efforts.
Ranaviraja joined REI Systems in 2015, bringing a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a wealth of experience from leading consulting firms and global development organizations. As REI’s head of Management Consulting, she is dedicated to a straightforward mission: Mindful Modernization – pairing digital transformation efforts with curated management consulting services to help customers radically improve government.
An entrepreneurial leader and catalyst for growth, Ranaviraja built the Management Consulting business from the ground up, expanding the client base through a laser focus on customer success and mission impact.
Her success has allowed REI to quadruple the size of the consultant team while taking great care to preserve the high-touch service and client intimacy that has been key to her team’s success. Ranaviraja firmly believes in systematically providing customized and holistic services to meet customers where they are in their personal leadership and organization’s transformation journey. The value creation and customer service ethos is reinforced by REI hiring and retention practices which are grounded in meaningfully engaged employees delivering exceptional customer experiences. As a result, REI has successfully attracted and retained a cadre of multidisciplinary consultants with deep expertise in Strategic Planning, Organization Development, Organizational Change Management, Process Design, IT Policy, Technology Business Management, Strategic Communications, and Financial Operations. She prioritizes hiring candidates with a passion for mission impact, and encourages her teams to help REI customers take a proactive stance by anticipating customer needs, not just reacting to them. As a result, REI’s Management Consulting Practice has achieved outstanding staff retention, excellent customer satisfaction scores, and a 100% win rate for all contract recompetes, whilst selectively expanding transformation support across clients.
Ranaviraja also champions giving back, both within REI and the wider community. She launched IGNITE, REI’s women’s leadership forum, and has also been a driving force in making the company home for all. She is equally devoted to cultivating the next generation of leaders and firmly believes in the value of public and private sector partnerships. Whether she’s guiding customers in their career development journeys or helping mentees with career transitions into government, consulting, or nonprofits, Ranaviraja stands as their unwavering supporter throughout their journeys.
“I’m truly honored to be recognized among these remarkable women,” Ranaviraja said. “This recognition isn’t just about my achievements; it’s a testament to the dedication and hard work of my entire team, REI, and the trust placed by our customers in enlisting our support as partners to succeed in their ambitious transformation journeys. Without these partnerships and alignment for mission impact, none of our successes would have been possible. REI’s Executive Leadership Team and I are grateful for REI to share the spotlight for Consulting Magazine’s 2023 Women Leaders in Consulting award, not just as an individual but on behalf of an amazing team and alongside such inspiring women in the consulting business.”
REI Systems CEO Shyam Salona added: “Indunil turned REI’s federal consulting from a fledgling team into a powerhouse and we’re thrilled to see her recognized by Consulting Magazine for her unwavering commitment to client service excellence and mission impact. Her leadership is marked by steadfast innovation, inclusive influence in our community and corporate culture, and dedicated mentorship, nurturing her mentees toward significant career milestones and transitions.”
The Women Leaders in Consulting, an annual award by Consulting Magazine, honors notable female leaders in the consulting industry. Companies nominate individuals, and winners are selected across seven categories: Excellence in Leadership, Client Service, Future Leader, Mentor of the Year, DEIA Champion, ESG Champion, and Lifetime Achievement.
Ranaviraja and the other honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Nov. 2 at the New York Marriott Marquis.
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